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Poster: DeadATL Date: Aug 1, 2011 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Furthur - 7/31/11

I saw Furthur for the third time last night. Although I enjoyed their previous Atlanta stops, I was apprehensive after seeing the setlists from the Friday and Saturday shows. It seemed like they had nowhere to go but down. Frankly, I was afraid of a night of Beatles and Pink Floyd covers with a little new material sprinkled in.

I was at the show alone because my wife bailed at the last minute. I tried to get TOOTMO to come over, but he couldn’t make it either. So, I began the evening walking through the parking lot trying to sell a pricey orchestra seat. Lots of $20 offers for a seat that cost $75 all in with fees. I guess grilled cheese sales are down…

The band hit the stage at 7:17 PM while the sun was still blazing. Thankfully my seat was under the awning, but the air was still and there was a cornucopia of smells that assaulted my senses all night. It soon became clear that the evening would be a tribute to Jerry since it was the eve of his birthday. By the end of the show, I had mixed emotions – I had no complaint about the songs per se and Bobby and co. did an admirable job with them, but I couldn’t help feel like the show was a little flat with only occasional peaks. Simply put, I wasn’t in the mood for slower paced show. Life is tough and our country is faltering – I needed to shake my bones – not listen to sad, contemplative songs.

The folks near me where exceptionally entertaining or extremely annoying. The guy next to me was an MD (allegedly) who had lost his medical license and went through some sort if ugly divorce. He was, of course, hoping to practice medicine again. On the other side was a guy who looked remarkably like Alfalfa from Our Gang. He had a badly injured arm and was very angry that the venue staff didn’t let him bring his prescription medicine inside. He also repeated warned me not to bump his arm. He told me he was from a small rural town, but he was a “smart hick.”

I had an aisle seat which I thought would be a good thing in the airplane way of thinking. But, I’ve never been to a show where so many people had to leave their seat so many times. I’m not exaggerating when I say I must have stood up 40 times to let people out. I was just about to leave midway through the second set (Unbroken Chain…) out of sheer frustration. However, I stayed to catch a nice CCS > IKYR which, in part, made up for a somewhat disappointing night.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Aug 1, 2011 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur - 7/31/11

Lol.they played thirty minutes away from me on
the 30th and haven't heard anything positive
from people i know who went.glad i'd skipped
it.would have been pissed to spend a 100 dollars
plus on a ticket,parking,food and hotel or
campsite for a subpar show.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 1, 2011 10:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur - 7/31/11

Furthur is hit or miss ... sorry you didn't get a "hit." We went on the 23rd and it wasn't totally sparkling, either. Or rather, it was only sparkling in a few selected moments.

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Aug 1, 2011 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur - 7/31/11

I feel they were fatigued after playing the previous three nights. I saw all four in the southeast and feel this was the weakest in terms of playing. Looked better on paper. Agree CCS>Rider was the highlight although I might exclude the CCS. Friday night in Simpsonville was great and St. Aug was nothing to complain about. Thursday in Raleigh was solid but nothing special.

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Poster: turnphilup Date: Aug 1, 2011 1:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur - 7/31/11

My third show here in the ATL as well. Did seem like the fatigue factor, on top of the oppressive heat,was setting in on the guys. High lite was most definitely the CCS>IKYR. The UC ended with a nice jam as well. The best for me again was the Terrapin Suite! Man, that got that down. Enjoyed at the Fab Fox in April and they nailed it again last night. I was in the lawn near a tree and that seemed to cut down on me having to interact with the tweaked freaks that you somehow cannot seem to escape from at these shows.